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Zeidy Zakon and the Mystery of the Burnt House

Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Come right in, sit down. There are Bubby’s cookies and drinks for everyone on the table. So tell me, what are you kinderlach learning about in school? Stuff about Asarah B’Teves and the Churban. To be honest, it’s kind of boring. Right Zeidy, it’s all about stuff that happened such a long time ago and so far away. Kinderlach, today’s tiyul will really change how you think about Asarah B’Teves.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here we are, in the Jewish Quarter of Yerushalayim’s Old City. The Kosel isn’t far, just down these stairs. We’re going into the Burnt House. Walk through these doors, go down the steps, deep underground. We’re going back, back in time.Look around you. We are walking in all that remains of a home that people lived in for probably hundreds of years, until it was burned and destroyed by the Romans during the Churban.When archaeologists dug up the ground here, they discovered a home. You can see what’s left of the walls. They’re built of stones and cement and covered with a thick white plaster. Let’s walk through to the stone-paved courtyard. From here you can see the kitchen and the other four rooms. In the kitchen they found a large stone tray and several stone jugs. All through the house they found stone furniture and other household objects made of stone. And this is really amazing; the house had its own mikveh!

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